Hoop Dreams

Movie review by Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.

PG-13 1994 171 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 2 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Top notch documentary...really for all to see and breathe in

It is easy to see why this documentary is so highly praised. It feels flawless because it takes its time and the story it is trying to tell is straight-forward but not at all simple. We grow with the prospects and are taken along on a very complex ride that exposes an intricate system that reveals itself layer by layer throughout the film. it is 2.5 hours but the time flies by because in many ways it is not enough time to reveal the lives and hopes of these young men and their families. My son is 3 and I am already plotting on when we will watch this film together, it's that important.
age 12+

The Greatest Documentary Ever Made

Hoop Dreams is a truly special film. Following the journeys of these two boys over several years results in one of the most honest depictions of American life I have ever seen. Its long and far from visually stunning. But some incredibly moving, emotional and tense moments that make up for its faults.

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